Since bearded dragons are semi-arboreal, they spend considerable time climbing up and down objects in their enclosure. Once they see something moving, they will be curious and approach it. That is the case with mealworms, which make excellent feeders for your bearded dragon.
These protein-rich worms can meet your pet’s nutritional requirements and keep your pet hydrated. Fresh, live mealworms contain up to 29mg/100mg calcium. Therefore, you may be able to maintain your bearded dragon’s skeletal and muscular health. However, it is vital to ensure that you feed healthy mealworms to your beardie.
How Many Mealworms Can Bearded Dragons Have
Bearded dragons enjoy a variety of feeders like crickets, hornworms, and even fruits and vegetables. Beardies could get bored of eating the same food repeatedly and may even lose their appetites. Mealworms are a great way to add variety to your pet’s diet.
You can feed mealworms to your bearded dragon as a weekly treat or an occasional treat. While mealworms are nutrient-rich, they should not be a staple part of your bearded dragon’s diet.
Live mealworms are rich in fat. Additionally, they also contain high amounts of phosphor. Hence, it is not a good idea to use mealworms as daily feeders. You can feed five to six mealworms to your adult bearded dragon once or twice a week.
Feeding Mealworms to Juvenile Bearded Dragons
Pet owners should be cautious while feeding mealworms to juvenile bearded dragons. It is best to feed young, live mealworms to young bearded dragons. Young mealworms are softer and easier to digest. Giant mealworms may cause “impaction” in juvenile bearded dragons.
You can feed one to two mealworms to your bearded dragon once a week if your bearded dragon is less than 12 months old. Balance your bearded dragon’s diet with fruits, vegetables, and other insects.
How to Feed Mealworms to Your Bearded Dragon
If you store mealworms for your bearded dragon, it is critical to ensure that the worms are stored well. Mealworms contain up to 60% moisture. Therefore they may rot quickly if not preserved well. Dead or rotting mealworms could trigger severe digestion problems in your bearded dragon.
Place one or two mealworms on a plate or bowl in the enclosure to feed your bearded dragon. If your bearded dragon is older than 18 months, you may even let your pet eat mealworms off your hand. You may consult your vet before you start feeding mealworms to your young bearded dragon.
Are Mealworms Safe for Bearded Dragons
The simple answer is yes. Adult bearded dragons can digest mealworms easily. However, you should not feed mealworms to baby bearded dragons or female bearded dragons that are pregnant.
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